This how-to assumes that you have a basic knowledge of WordPress, are able to upgrade and install plugins.
There are a number of things you should do to ensure that your WordPress website does not fall victim to the recent spate of WordPress botnet attacks.
Step One: Use this free online tool to check whether your site has been infected (it will also tell you if you’re using outdated software)
Step Two: Ensure that you do not have a user called ‘admin’. To check this:-
Step Three: Ensure that you are using the latest version of WordPress. Either use the tool in step one, or log into your WordPress Administration Panel, take a look at the top of the screen. If you see a yellow bar that says ‘WordPress x.x.x is available. Please update now’, then your version of WordPress is out of date.
It is important to always have the latest version of WordPress as this will contain the latest security features
If your version of WordPress is out of date, do the following:-
Luckily WordPress makes the upgrade procedure easy, so all being well the process should be very smooth.
Step Three: Install this plugin that limits the amount of attempts that can be made on a password. Once the limit (which you can set) is reached, it will lock the account for a specified period of time to prevent further attempts.
Step Four: Whatever user account you are using, make damn sure you have a strong password! This is true for any password! Here are some tips for choosing strong passwords:-
I hope this helps, remeber if you’re an Adira customer and have any doubts then please don’t hesitate to call on 0845 6121199
Friday, October 18th, 2013 at 7:15 am | Security